Episode Archive

More than 1500 episodes* on just about any kind of thing you can think of. Collectively, we call it “stuff.” There’s definitely something in here that will pique your interest.

*We did the math once and listening every minute of every day, it would take more than a month to make it through the catalog. And what a month that would be!

Selects: How Vomit Phobia Works

May 25, 2024 29 min

No one - no one - likes to vomit, but there are some people who would prefer to die rather than vomit, people who spend their days worrying they will vomit at any moment and become so obsessed they curtail their lives to prevent it from happening. Learn all about it with Josh and Chuck in this classic episode.

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J. Edgar Hoover: Evil G-Man Pt. 2

May 23, 2024 45 min

In the exciting conclusion of our two-part episode on Hoover, we come in at the Cold War and end on a strange note.

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Short Stuff: Hobo Signs

May 22, 2024 14 min

By definition hobos are people who travel from town to town taking odd jobs as they go. But some towns are friendlier than others, and hobos developed a system of symbols they left one another to know what to expect from a town.

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J. Edgar Hoover: Evil G-Man Pt. 1

May 21, 2024 40 min

It wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that J. Edgar Hoover was perhaps the most powerful American of the 20th century. By the time he established the FBI as America’s police force, presidents were afraid of him. Just exactly how did he get to be so puissant?

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Selects: The Great War of the Worlds Panic Myth

May 18, 2024 46 min

On Halloween 1938 young radio star Orson Welles scared the pants off of America with a fictional news bulletin claiming Martians had landed and were destroying the country. People across the nation ran wild with panic in the streets – or did they? Listen to this classic episode to find out.

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The Silurian Hypothesis

May 16, 2024 49 min

The idea that we aren’t the first advanced civilization to live on Earth sounds like a fringe theory, but it raises a good question: How can we be so sure that a civilization didn’t arise and die on Earth so long ago that any trace of it has been erased?

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Short Stuff: Zambonis!

May 15, 2024 13 min

Even the dullest hockey game is worth seeing when the Zamboni comes out to resurface the ice.

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NYC Trash: A study in persistence

May 14, 2024 50 min

Taking care of 12,000 tons of residential trash every day is a hard job. But how does that even work? Listen in to marvel at the NYC sanitation system.

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Selects: How Stuttering Works

May 11, 2024 50 min

Despite as much as one percent of the adult population having the condition, science doesn't actually know how stuttering works. The best it's come up with so far: there seems to be an issue between the physical process of speaking and the thought process that underlies it. Find out what science means by this in this classic episode.

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10 - Yes, 10! - Dumb Criminals

May 9, 2024 45 min

Sometimes you just have to turn it off for a while – all the thinking, and overthinking, analyzing, and figuring out. Sometimes it’s nice to just breathe through your mouth and talk about dumb things criminals do for an episode.

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